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The Indi Weekly Scoop 24 March 2017



Community leaders from Indi met with the Prime Minister and other government ministers and officials this week. Story below.

Action for youth

Cathy will second a motion on Monday 27 March by Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie proposing the appointment of a Minister for Youth.

Student payment changes make higher ed more affordable and accessible for regional students

Cathy supported changes to student payments which include automatic access to a Health Care Card, reduced eligibility periods for the independent rate, and removing the family farm from the assets test.


Dairy meetings with government yield results

Cathy congratulated the Alpine Valley Dairy Pathway Project on its effective delegation to Canberra addressing industry investment, water, education and succession planning.

Cathy acts in Parliament to make passenger rail a priority

Cathy tabled a Private Member’s Bill calling for the strengthening of social and community benefit considerations in investment projects including rail.


A capital experience for Indi’s best as leaders meet Prime Minister

Cathy proudly welcomed and addressed the delegation to Canberra of 24 participants in the Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program.

Government will be held to childcare promises

Cathy said she would continue to work with the government, departmental staff and service providers to protect mobile childcare services in rural and regional Australia after childcare reform legislation was passed by the parliament.

Mars Petcare congratulated on 50 years

Manufacturing is alive and well in Indi. Cathy congratulated Mars Petcare in Parliament for their contribution to Wodonga’s economy.

Celebrated Yackandandah potter John Dermer honoured in Parliament

Cathy welcomed internationally acclaimed potter John Dermer to Parliament House.

Rutherglen / Chiltern students visit Parliament House


Who says politics is boring? Grade 5/6 students from St Mary’s Rutherglen and St Joseph’s Chiltern met some of Canberra’s press gallery during their visit to Parliament House.

Legislation that passed the House this week:

  • Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) 2017 > Ind (McGowan) amendments 1 and 2
  • Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) 2017 > Ind (McGowan) amendment 3
  • Health Insurance Amendment (National Rural Health Commissioner) 2017
  • National Health Amendment (Pharmaceutical Benefits) 2016
  • Diverted Profits Tax 2017
  • Social Services Legislation Amendment (Simplifying Student Payments) 2017 
  • Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Tax Avoidance) 2017
  • Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding) 2016 > amendment made by the Senate
  • Education and Other Legislation Amendment (No. 1) 2017
  • Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) 2016


NBN rollout inquiry

There is still time to have a say on the NBN rollout. Click here for more information. Submissions close 31 March.

Public hearing on telecommunications sector security

Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee will hold an additional public hearing on Thursday for its review of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.

NAIDOC Week grants

Applications are open. More information here

Smart Cities applications open

Applications are open for the $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. Guidelines are here. Applications close 30 June 2017.


  • Friday 24 March to Sunday 26 March: Yackandandah Folk Festival. yackfolkfestival.com/
  • Saturday 25 March: Unveiling Benalla RSL Centenary Memorial to World War 1, Benalla Rose Gardens 2.30pm
  • Monday 27 March: Cathy seconding motion by Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie to appoint a Minister for Youth; students from Eskdale / Tallangatta / Mitta / USC / Bethanga / Talgarno visiting Parliament House.
  • Tuesday 28 March: Meeting with the Italian Ambassador
  • Friday 31 March: Indi Expat breakfast

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